Meet the team
Behind Imagination for People is a team of individuals who are passionate about useful creativity and new collaborative technologies.
These individuals (who have an amazing synergy) are based in Quebec (Montreal) as well as France (Lille, Paris, Montpellier, Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand). Would you like to join the team? Please do not hesitate to contact us!
Rodolphe Bocquet brings 10 years of experience in financial markets to the I4P team. Since 2001, he has devoted himself to the design of innovative public policies for sustainable development. Working with the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management, the Conseil Régional d’Aquitaine and the Agence Française de Développement, Rodolphe has developed many devices to support environmental and social projects: subsidized loans, credit lines, calls to projects etc. He has worked with think tanks “The Shift Project” and “l’Institut des Futurs Souhaitables.” Since 2011 his main focus has been on developing the financial marketplace “Invest for Change”, one of the upcoming features of Imagination for People.
François Burra has been involved in the social innovation movement for the past five years. A graduate of SKEMA with a masters in International Marketing and Business Development, Francois specializes in advice and support to small and medium enterprises. He has been with the Imagination for People team since the summer of 2012.
Jean-Michel Cornu has been an international consultant in the field of innovation, collaborative platforms and the information society for the past 20 years. He is also the Technical Director of FING, the Fondation internet Nouvelle generation in France. Jean-Michel is the author of multiple books including "Prospectic : nouvelles technologies, nouvelles pensées" et "La coopération : nouvelles approches".
Florence Devouard was the editor and mediator of Wikipedia between 2001 and 2006 when she became the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation until 2008. Today she continues to work with Wikimedia France and is a consultant in the field of online collaboration. In 2009 she published “Wikipédia: découvrir, utiliser, contribuer.” With Guillaume Paumier.
Frank Escoubes is the founder of Imagination for People. Before founding I4P, Frank was co-head of Strategy Consulting and Economic Development at Deloitte Canada. He has 20 years of experience in Europe and North America in strategy consulting, collaborative innovation and economic development (clusters, territories, creative cities). Frank has been an Ashoka Fellow since July 2012 and is completing the writing of his first book.
Laura Gillies has been interested in social innovation since her involvement in the launch of the Social Economy Initiative at McGill University. A recent graduate from McGill with a diploma in Sustainability and Economics, she is very interested in how business and sustainability issues can come together to make the world a better place.
Benoit Grégoire is a manager in agile methodologies (PMP, PSM). Holding a degree in Computer Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal, he began his career working with the Quebec education system in the design of knowledge management systems, norms and standards. He then moved to Savoir-faire Linux, one of the leading Quebec integrators of OSS, as General Director. Bringing his management skills and his knowledge of collective construction, Benoit has been with the I4P team since 2012 to manage the development of the collective intelligence software Assembl.
Guillaume Libersat has been involved in the movement toward open information for the past 10 years. In 2001 he founded FULL Pas-de-Calais followed by a free digital art studio in 2007. Guillaume holds a Masters of Science in Systems and Software Engineering. After beginning his career in research, he later decided to join a cooperative in order to dedicate his skills and experience to the world of social and cultural innovation.
Sylvain Maire is in charge of furthering the mission of the Fondation Internet Nouvelle Generation on urban projects. He is also the coordinator of correspondants.org, a network of innovation in francophone countries that has been integrated into Imagination for People. He has worked in Côte d’Ivoire, Afghanistan, Venezuela and France to increase access to basic urban services and on experimenting with territorial digitalization.
Anne Laure Paty holds a Masters in Research and Organizational Behaviour. She is interested in new forms of collaboration and has had the opportunity to follow the development of several collaborative waste integration projects with Tic Ethic (Rouen). She also brings to I4P much international experience.
Simon Sarazin is an engineer in the field of information and communication technology (Telecom Lille). After various international projects on Innovation and Society in companies, NGOs and public services, he moved to management of social innovation in 2009 while working toward a Masters of Political Science with a focus on how digital service projects affect social bonds.
Alban Tiberghien holds a Masters in Research in Software Engineering. After his first year as a PhD student at INRIA he decided to join the corporate world. Passionate about design and software development and a strong supporter of open software, Alban seeks to deepen his understanding of technological re-appropriation.
Antoine Segrestin has a background in telecom and new media consulting. A graduate of IEP Paris and the National Institute of Telecommunications, Antoine has 10 years of experience in business development and project management, particularly abroad (Brazil, South Africa, Algeria, Morocco etc.). A telecommunications specialist Antoine has a keen interest in smart grids.